Councilor, traders to discuss killing spree in Bacolod

BACOLOD City Councilor Al Victor Espino will hold a meeting with the local businessmen next week to discuss the recent killing incidents involving some businessmen in the city.

Espino, chairperson of the City Council committee on police matters, said Monday, July 22, 2019, it is unfortunate that some businessmen were victimized by riding-in tandem suspects.

“We will meet with them with the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to ensure the security of our businessmen here,” he said.

On July 13, Antique businessman Ernest Baker was shot to death by two unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants in Barangay 7.

In February, a businessman was also killed by two motorcycle-riding assailants in the area of Barangay 5.

Espino said last week, he also met with BCPO Director Police Colonel Henry Binas and they discussed how to address the crime incidents, especially shooting incidents involving riding-in tandem suspects.

“It’s sad to say that they (riding-in tandem suspects) are targeting the businessmen in Bacolod City and we will be sending a strong message that they cannot do that again in the city,” he said.

He added he also discussed with Binas that the City Government will continue to support the crime prevention of BCPO, especially in the implementation of the local ordinances.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), earlier said that from a little bit worried, they have reached to an alarming level, as rampant killings have been going on since last year.

He said almost, if not all, of these cases perpetuated by motorcycle-riding suspects were not yet resolved. (MAP)

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